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    The Dumpling Field: Haiku of Issa Paid Member

    The Dumpling Field: Haiku of Issa Translated by Lucien Stryk with the assistance of Noboru Fujiwara Swallow Press/Ohio University Press: Athens, Ohio, 1991. 128 pp. $19.95 (paperback) $24.95 (hardbound).   Haiku's greatest master, Matsuo Basho, said that a poem is born when the object and the poet become one. A poem that expresses this unified moment is an act of direct transmission not unlike the "turning phrase" of Zen practice; the world is clarified and made real for the poet and reader as well. More »
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    Inner Peace, World Peace: Essays on Buddhism and Nonviolence / Zen Awakening and Society Paid Member

    Inner Peace, World Peace: Essays on Buddhism and Nonviolence Edited by Kenneth Kraft State University of New York Press: Albany, 1992. 148 pp. $12.95 (paperback).  Zen Awakening and Society Christopher IvesUniversity of Hawaii Press: Honolulu, 1992.200 pp. $14.95 (paperback) and $25.00 (library binding). More »
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    Buddhism Betrayed? Religion, Politics, and Violence in Sri Lanka Paid Member

    Buddhism Betrayed? Religion, Politics, and Violence in Sri Lanka Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 1992. 238 pp. $14.95 (paperback).   More »
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    Alice in Enlightenedland Paid Member

    Suppose Alice had been reading a book on American Buddhism before drifting off to sleep on that fateful afternoon. Her exchange with the Cheshire Cat might have gone something like this:ALICE CAME TO A FORK in the forest path and was standing for a moment, puzzled as to which way to go, when she spied the Cheshire Cat sitting in full lotus position on a bough of a tree a few yards off, meditating. It looked so peaceful that she dared not disturb it, but at the same time it had such a compassionate air that she felt it might help solve her dilemma. So when it opened its eyes, she cleared her voice and said in her sweetest tone, "If you please, Cheshire-Puss, could you tell me the way to the Queen's croquet game?" For a moment the Cat only grinned at her, with its eyes bulging out quite alarmingly, but then it simply said, "Which would you rather do? Go to the Queen's croquet game, or get enlightened?" More »
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    Buddhism Without Beliefs Paid Member

    IF YOU GO TO ASIA and visit a wat (Thailand) or gompa (Tibet), you will enter something that looks very much like an abbey, a church, or cathedral, being run by people who look like monks or priests, displaying objects that look like icons, enshrined in alcoves that look like chapels, revered by people who look like worshipers. If you talk to one of the people who look like monks, you will learn that he has a view of the world that seems very much like a belief system, revealed a long time ago by someone else who is revered like a god, after whose death saintly individuals have interpreted the revelations in ways like theology. There have been schisms and reforms, and these have given rise to institutions that are just like churches. Buddhism, it would seem, is a religion. More »
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    Zen Buddhism in the 20th Century Paid Member

    ZEN BUDDHISM IN THE 20TH CENTURYBy Heinrich Dumoulin.Weatherhill: New York and Tokyo, 1992.167 pp. $14.95 (paperback). Dumoulin, a German scholar, is best known in America for his incarnation being the two volume Zen Buddhism: A History (Macmillan: 1988). Their comprehensiveness and scholarly accuracy (rather than innovative analysis) have made them staple resources for students of Zen. More »